Food Preservation Course, Scottish Borders

Course Details


Here in the northern part of Great Britain, where the growing season is short and crops mature to give periods of feast and famine, food preservation is a vital part of the growing cycle.

Preserving food in time of plenty prevents food going to waste when it cannot all be eaten and  ensures that the abundance produced at peak crop lasts through the times when crops can’t grow.

The Garden Cottage Food Preservation Course looks at the need for and value of food preservation and also looks into the practical aspects;

Health and Hygiene

  • General Safety
  • Hand Washing
  • Food Separation
  • Safe Use of Heat
  • Safe use of Sharp Objects
  • Tools and Equipment


  • Drying Herbs
  • Drying Fruit
  • Drying Vegetables
  • Freezing
  • Jellies, Jams and Curds
  • Cordials
  • Pickling
  • Fermentation
  • Chutney
  • Pressing
  • Bottling
  • Storage

This year we will be running two new courses.

On 19th/20th July we will focus on preservation of soft fruits, making delicious ice-cream in the process.

Later in the year on 22nd/23rd November we will spend more time on top fruit and veggies.


We are keen to ensure that everyone can join the course and so the cost of the course is dependent upon your personal circumstances. Please visit the course charges page for further details, BOOK HERE



Garden Cottage is a ScotLAND Centre and a twenty five year old forest garden fully equipped as a teaching space with major improvements to our household in terms of energy efficiency. In a single year we have grown over a tonne of food in less a fifth of an acre, produced all our own firewood and half our electricity. It is also a working plant and tree nursery.


Location & Contact Details

Activity Date

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 09:00